5 Dual-Purpose Livestock If You Have Limited Space

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5 Dual-Purpose Livestock If You Have Limited Space

Nubian Goat. Image source: Flickr / Creative Commons

 

When you have a large amount of acreage at your disposal, it is easy to find space for lots of animals. Each animal might have a special purpose on your farm. For instance, you might raise two different breeds of sheep: Suffolk for meat and Merinos for wool. But what if you don’t have room for several breeds? Using dual- or even triple-purpose animals can meet the needs of homesteaders with limited space.

Check out some of the most popular choices:

1. American Guinea Hogs

American Guinea Hogs are a great addition to any farm, big or small, because of their versatility. They are a perfect introduction to raising pigs, as their smaller size (boars only get up to about 250 pounds) and docile temperaments make them a joy to work with. They fatten up nicely and convert their feed well. Their ability to till up a garden and keep a yard free from rodents and other pests adds to their charm and desirability.

5 Dual-Purpose Livestock If You Have Limited Space

American Guinea Hogs. Image source: Flickr / Creative Commons

Along with the obvious production of meat, American Guinea Hogs produce large amounts of lard. This, combined with their rooting and foraging abilities, led to their early popularity as a backyard or small farm pig. While their numbers have dwindled, they are experiencing a comeback due to more interest in heritage breeds as well as multi-purpose livestock.

2. American Miniature Brecknock Sheep

These personable little sheep are a favorite addition to backyards and small homesteads. Imported to America from the UK, the breed originated from the Cheviot lineage and is often mistaken for that breed. The American Miniature Brecknock is one of the smallest sheep breeds, producing excellent wool and a nice meaty carcass. Their wool colorations range from the most common white to browns and even black.

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Brecknock sheep have gained popularity for several reasons, but their liveliness and personality are at the top of the list. They are also known for high productivity, easy lambing, and living long lives. Because of the sturdy lines they descend from, their hardiness is another sought-after attribute. The rams can get up to about 100 pounds, with the ewes being a little smaller.

3. Dexter Cattle

Dexter cattle are one of the best examples of a multi-purpose livestock breed. While they are excellent dairy cattle, they also provide superb cuts of beef. Many farmers use Dexters as oxen, even though they are one of the smallest natural cattle breeds in the world. They train them to the yoke and use them to pull wagons and equipment.

These versatile cattle originated in Ireland as a perfect animal for homesteaders with little to no acreage. Their ability to thrive in harsh climates with poor feed makes for a sturdy and adaptable animal. Dexters are docile cattle that are stout, easy calvers, and have a high feed-to-meat conversion rate. They are desired by those wanting superior grass-fed beef.

It is encouraging that Dexters again have become popular for small holders. This may be due to that even temperament and how easy they are to work with. They were considered a threatened breed at one point, but are making an impressive resurgence as more people discover these wonderful little cattle.

4. Faverolle Chickens

5 Dual-Purpose Livestock If You Have Limited Space

Faverolle Chickens. Image source: Wikipdia

Aside from the fact these fluffy-feathered, five-toed chickens from France happen to be beautiful additions to your yard, they also are a dual-purpose bird for the farm. Known for their longer laying seasons, they are prized for their tasty meat. Faverolles are hardy in cold weather climates while still thriving in warmer temperatures. They tend to be a docile breed and are easy to handle, even for kids.

Faverolles come in standard size as well as bantam — and in several colors. The Salmon Faverolle is the most popular, with the rooster being exceptionally colorful. This attractive breed was created in the early 1800s by crossing several breeds to get the bird of today. The goal was a chicken who would provide hundreds of eggs each year as well as a nice-sized carcass for the dinner table.

5. Nubian Goats

Even though Nubian or Anglo-Nubian goats are famous for their high butterfat milk, they actually are a dual-purpose breed. Due to their large stature and the fact that they carry more weight than most breeds, they are also used for their meat.

Nubians have a very distinctive appearance, with long, floppy ears and their claim to fame – a large Roman nose. They are well-suited for warmer climates due to their Middle-Eastern ancestry but do well in most areas. This breed is now found in most parts of the world because of its adaptability and versatility.

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Yard and Garden updates

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Cedar Boards for the raised 3 sisters garden.

I am working on raised beds for the 3 Sisters Garden of Corn, Beans and Squash.  Last year I put the sisters in my large garden bed and they did not do very well as I think they received to much water when I was watering the other plants.  This year the sister’s beds are going to be completely separate and have three different 3 ft. x 3 ft raised beds on the south side of the house.  My hope is the corn will cast a bit of shade as some the stalks can grow 12 feet tall and the plants will get only the water they need and not get over watered.   I should have realized different plants need different amounts of water!

If you are curious this is the new garden …backyard layout

I have added two 2 ft. x 4 ft. beds for broccoli and cauliflower with a couple of bunches of celery in each bed. Celery is one of those plants that seems to be a good companion to almost every plant. Plus, home grown celery is to store bought celery that home grown tomatoes is to a store bought tomato.  Celery in the garden is easy to use as you just cut off what you need and at the end of the season you cut off all the stalks, give them a quick blanch and then dehydrate them for all those dishes in the fall.

I put all of the brussel sprouts, cabbages and most of the leaf lettuce in the front yard edible beds.  I planted a lot of lettuce this year as the prices have really gone up a lot and I like having lots of green salads and sandwiches for quick and light lunches in the summer.  Going with earlier plantings of lettuce in several different  beds I hope to avoid the lettuce “bolting” in hot weather.

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Newly mulched beds

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Tulips

In the front yard we added a lot of flowers and cleaned up the front yard garden beds.  I got some of the old dead roses dug out and added some new roses.  The biggest of my  problems with my Rose beds was I had no idea what I was doing when I moved into the house and the roses were too close and became overgrown because of neglect.  As you can see in the top pic I have cut back the old roses that are still somewhat healthy, dug out the dead roses and while it is bit tough to see I added new roses with plenty of space between them to grow.  It does not look all that impressive so far but the new roses are  starting to put on new growth and  the mulch is has made a big dent stopping the weed growth. Mom was also a huge help on cutting back the grape vines that got very over grown  when not cut back each year.

Last but not least the Alley way beds now seem to be cleared of puncture vines though I still have some broad leaf weeds and a bit of “cheatgrass” to eliminate.  Using the black walnut leaves as a killer much has worked out great and adding the wood ash from the fire place, seems? to be helping the poor clay/alkali soil in the alley.  My little sedum plant from last year have come back and look darn good once you find them in the taller weeds.  The sunchokes are filling and while it may not look all that impressive I’m darn pleased with the progress made on those beds.  Adding more mulch, soil amendments and good plants like the sedum and sunchokes should start choking out the unwanted weeds.

2017 Tactical Tools You Haven’t Seen

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2017 Tactical Tools You Haven’t Seen The question is: can we produce an article about new tactical tools for 2017 that doesn’t include a knife or a flashlight. There are some incredible tools hitting the market every year. The tactical market is deeper than what we often get a look at. When you hear the …

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Spring Family Prepping Activities

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Spring Family Prepping Activities Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Prepping activities is something that can be done by the whole family and easily turned into a game. The children may not understand that having a race to break down your tent and get it stowed away is actually practicing …

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Considering Building an AR-15 Pistol? Here’s the 411

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Considering Building an AR-15 Pistol? Here’s the 411 This is a very interesting article about the AR-15 pistol. This may be a new concept for you but its one that is really worth exploring. There are legal ramifications that can be taken advantage of with an AR-15 pistol as opposed to a rifle. You will see …

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Want to Save Money? Learn To Live With Less!

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Want to Save Money? Learn To Live With Less! This is a great article about the simple life. For a long time I read about the simple life through others goals, websites and other information transmissions. I didn’t understand what that meant. I had a hard time believing anything in life could be considered simple. …

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Politically correct guns for survival?

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Hello Fernando,

I’ve stumble across your “Surviving in Argentina blog during it’s economic collapse.  I found it refreshing to here what you had to say compared to other survival and prepping sites. I live the United States and I feel that an economic collapse is our biggest threat.  Living in the midwest, my next realistic big threat would be tornadoes and flooding where I’d have to vacate my home.

Due to our past political climate where our 2nd amendment rights were serious under assault resulting everything being in short supply and prices marked up for last eight years.  As such I had bought my future firearms with future gun legislature in mind thinking our future gun control being along the lines of Australia.  While nothing happened on national level, individual states have passed restrictive guns laws, “high capacity” magazine bans for pistols, and “assault weapon bans” prohibiting AR-15’s and such.

Should those of us in living in the United States try to take future gun legislature into account when purchasing our firearms?  Because while a Glock 17 or 19 with it’s high capacity and light weight is great, it will become illegal in several states where the majority of us live.

Thank you for your feedback and help!

Regards,

Leo

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Hello Leo,

I would actually think the other way around, get what I need before it gets banned or restricted. Although Trump isn’t likely to lobby against Gun Rights, the risk is in what each State or even each city may end up enforcing. Some US States have pretty draconian gun laws.

Get your Glocks, ARs, Aks and anything you want now. In the past, restrictions didn’t affect certain weapons or magazines you already owned ( “high-capacity” magazines).

There’s no harm in having other guns as well. I don’t know all State laws but I’m pretty sure a Mossberg 500 with an 18 inch barrel is legal in most places and is still a pretty solid home defense weapon that can be had for a couple hundred bucks when bought used. No reason not to have one.

But no, I most definitely wouldn’t limit my firepower and defensive capabilities simply because they in theory may, one day, get banned at some point.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook

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The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook I don’t know about you but the thought of buying the right growers handbook or seeking out a gardening book of any kind seems like an incredibly daunting task. The truth is there are just too many of those books on the market. It’s not that there isn’t great …

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Tactical Loadouts for Preppers

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Tactical Loadouts for Preppers This is a fun article. Its on a subject that shouldn’t be fun to really think about but laodouts are a good time. A lot of thought went into the various loadouts that are prepared in this article. When it comes to the basic survival response just knowing all of your …

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Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (4/29/17)

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Here are the top 7 articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks.  But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 4/23/17 – 4/29/17

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Bug Out Realities

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I am in the midst of redoing some systems. It is important to do this every so often. This is important to do regularly to rotate items, make sure everything is still working and such. Also from time to time it is important to re look out concepts.

I have been trying to step back and look more realistically at things. Less red dawn/ walking dead fantasy and more everyday real life. Also as I do move I need to adapt to different environments.

What is changing these days:
– My fighting load plans in concealing the pistol and it’s spare ammo if just under a normal shirt. Also working on being able to conceal rifle ammo.
– My bug out bag is getting heavily re done. It will basically be my car ‘get home bag’ beefed up a bit.   Much heavier on low profile with a concept of use more focused on the realistic scenario where I end up crashing at someone’s place or in a motel then some live in the woods fantasy. Kind of an overnight bag with some survival stuff in it.
– This bag is going to stay in my vehicle which eliminates unneeded redundancy. The only exclusion will be the stuff that currently lives in my safe. I am going to organize that stuff into a small easy to grab pouch which will be ready to go in the safe. With this set up I could be out of the house with the absolute must grab stuff in well under 5 minutes.

More to follow later.

Are your systems tempered for your area and realistic scenarios?

The 5 Very Best 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

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The 5 Very Best 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

Glock 43. Image source: Yeti Firearms

Easily one of the most popular categories of handguns for concealed carry — if not the most popular — is the 9mm single stack.

It makes a lot of sense: It’s light, slim, easy to control, is quicker to reload than a .38 snub nose, and offers more punch than a comparatively sized .380 pocket pistol.

But with all the different options out there, it can be hard to choose the right one for you.

Here are our top five single-stack 9mm pistols for concealed carry:

1. Glock 43

The Glock 43 was perhaps the most anticipated gun to be released in the last few years. While people had been waiting for a single-stack 9mm from Glock for a long time, the anticipation really grew when Glock released the 42 in .380 ACP. Many felt that the 42 should have been a 9mm, and Glock listened and released the 43 in 9mm soon thereafter.

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The G43 has already proven itself to be a popular concealed carry and defensive handgun on the market, and it comes with the same level of reliability and simplicity of Glocks. The biggest downside to the weapon is that it only holds six rounds in the standard magazine, whereas its competitors hold seven or eight. However, magazine extensions can be purchased that increase the round count, but that still adds to the gun’s overall dimensions.

2. Ruger LC9s Pro

No, not the Ruger LC9 or the LC9s. The LC9s Pro. There’s a critical difference here.

When the original LC9 was released, it was a hammer-fired model, and many shooters complained about the extremely long and gritty trigger pull. Ruger responded with the LC9s, a striker-fired version with a much improved trigger. However, the LC9s maintained the external frame safety and magazine disconnect (where the gun can’t fire without a magazine being inserted) of the LC9, which didn’t sit very well with some shooters.

Thus, Ruger released the LC9s Pro, which is the LC9s without a safety or magazine disconnect. It holds seven rounds in the standard magazine, with a magazine extension increasing capacity to nine.

3. Smith & Wesson Shield

The 5 Very Best 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

Shield.

It wouldn’t at all be surprising if more people owned the Smith & Wesson Shield over any of the other single stacks in this list (or ever). The Shield represents Smith & Wesson’s popular M&P line that has been slimmed down to less than an inch thick, making it an absolutely perfect option for concealed carry.

More importantly, the Shield has proven itself to be dead reliable. It can be available with or without a manual safety, and in addition to 9mm, also comes in .40 S&W or .45 ACP. Standard capacity of the Shield is seven or eight rounds, depending on the magazine.

4. Taurus PT709 Slim

Those looking for a 9mm for concealed carry would be hard pressed to ignore the Taurus PT709 Slim, which can be had for just around the $200 range. But the fact that it’s cheap isn’t what earns the PT709 a spot on this list.

The main feature that sets the PT709 apart from other guns in its class is the fact that it has re-strike capability. This means that should you fire the trigger on a live round only for there to be a “click,” you can pull the trigger one more time for another strike rather than having to chamber a new round.

The PT709 also comes installed with a manual frame mounted safety and Taurus’s trademark Security System where the entire gun can be locked up with the simply turn of a key. Some people hate this feature, while others like it knowing they can store their gun away and it won’t be functional should a child or a burglar find it.

5. Walther PPS M2

Last but certainly not least, we come to the Walther PPS M2. The PPS M2 is an improved version over the original PPS that was released in 2007. (However, the original PPS is still available as the “Classic” model). The main differences are that the PPS M2 has enhanced ergonomics similar to the PPQ, a button magazine release rather than a paddle, no rails under the frame, and no back grip panels.

The PPS M2 comes with three magazines: a six, seven, and an eight round, with each larger magazine making the grip slightly longer. Both variants of the PPS have proven to be extremely capable firearms and certainly rival the Shield and G43 when it comes to reliability and ergonomics.

What would you add to our list? Delete from it? Share your thoughts in the section below:  

The 5 Very Best 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

The 5 Very Best 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

Glock 43. Image source: Yeti Firearms

Easily one of the most popular categories of handguns for concealed carry — if not the most popular — is the 9mm single stack.

It makes a lot of sense: It’s light, slim, easy to control, is quicker to reload than a .38 snub nose, and offers more punch than a comparatively sized .380 pocket pistol.

But with all the different options out there, it can be hard to choose the right one for you.

Here are our top five single-stack 9mm pistols for concealed carry:

1. Glock 43

The Glock 43 was perhaps the most anticipated gun to be released in the last few years. While people had been waiting for a single-stack 9mm from Glock for a long time, the anticipation really grew when Glock released the 42 in .380 ACP. Many felt that the 42 should have been a 9mm, and Glock listened and released the 43 in 9mm soon thereafter.

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The G43 has already proven itself to be a popular concealed carry and defensive handgun on the market, and it comes with the same level of reliability and simplicity of Glocks. The biggest downside to the weapon is that it only holds six rounds in the standard magazine, whereas its competitors hold seven or eight. However, magazine extensions can be purchased that increase the round count, but that still adds to the gun’s overall dimensions.

2. Ruger LC9s Pro

No, not the Ruger LC9 or the LC9s. The LC9s Pro. There’s a critical difference here.

When the original LC9 was released, it was a hammer-fired model, and many shooters complained about the extremely long and gritty trigger pull. Ruger responded with the LC9s, a striker-fired version with a much improved trigger. However, the LC9s maintained the external frame safety and magazine disconnect (where the gun can’t fire without a magazine being inserted) of the LC9, which didn’t sit very well with some shooters.

Thus, Ruger released the LC9s Pro, which is the LC9s without a safety or magazine disconnect. It holds seven rounds in the standard magazine, with a magazine extension increasing capacity to nine.

3. Smith & Wesson Shield

The 5 Very Best 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry

Shield.

It wouldn’t at all be surprising if more people owned the Smith & Wesson Shield over any of the other single stacks in this list (or ever). The Shield represents Smith & Wesson’s popular M&P line that has been slimmed down to less than an inch thick, making it an absolutely perfect option for concealed carry.

More importantly, the Shield has proven itself to be dead reliable. It can be available with or without a manual safety, and in addition to 9mm, also comes in .40 S&W or .45 ACP. Standard capacity of the Shield is seven or eight rounds, depending on the magazine.

4. Taurus PT709 Slim

Those looking for a 9mm for concealed carry would be hard pressed to ignore the Taurus PT709 Slim, which can be had for just around the $200 range. But the fact that it’s cheap isn’t what earns the PT709 a spot on this list.

The main feature that sets the PT709 apart from other guns in its class is the fact that it has re-strike capability. This means that should you fire the trigger on a live round only for there to be a “click,” you can pull the trigger one more time for another strike rather than having to chamber a new round.

The PT709 also comes installed with a manual frame mounted safety and Taurus’s trademark Security System where the entire gun can be locked up with the simply turn of a key. Some people hate this feature, while others like it knowing they can store their gun away and it won’t be functional should a child or a burglar find it.

5. Walther PPS M2

Last but certainly not least, we come to the Walther PPS M2. The PPS M2 is an improved version over the original PPS that was released in 2007. (However, the original PPS is still available as the “Classic” model). The main differences are that the PPS M2 has enhanced ergonomics similar to the PPQ, a button magazine release rather than a paddle, no rails under the frame, and no back grip panels.

The PPS M2 comes with three magazines: a six, seven, and an eight round, with each larger magazine making the grip slightly longer. Both variants of the PPS have proven to be extremely capable firearms and certainly rival the Shield and G43 when it comes to reliability and ergonomics.

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What Fox News And CNN Get Wrong About Obamacare

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For years, Republicans pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare, but now that they hold Congress and occupy the White House, they can’t agree how to do it.

What’s going on, and what – if anything — should replace Obamacare?

That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Michael F. Cannon, a writer and author and the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute

Cato is a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty and limited government – and it has followed the Obamacare debate from the beginning.

Michael tells us:

  • Why Republicans are having trouble coming to an agreement on Obamacare.
  • What he thinks should be done to bring down health care costs.
  • Why the problems with health care began long ago – before any of us were born.
  • What an ideal “replacement” bill would look like.
  • Why repealing Obamacare won’t fix the health care system.

If you want to learn facts about health care that you won’t get on CNN or even Fox News, then you need to hear this week’s show!

Composting Guerrilla Style

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This is an entertaining video from The Urban Farming Guys who are doing their best to make urban farming exciting. There is no shortage of talent and resource in most urban areas, but there is a serious shortage of fresh foods. This is a giant problem in America today. This food shortage would only be […]

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U.S. Jets Just Intercepted 4 Russian Warplanes, 50 Miles Off The U.S. Coast

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U.S. Jets Just Intercepted 4 Russian Warplanes, 50 Miles Off The U.S. Coast

Potentially dangerous encounters between Russian and American warplanes continued this week off the coast of the U.S.

Radar on Wednesday detected two highly advanced Russian Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets escorting two Russian TU-95 heavy bombers in the Alaskan Air Defense Zone. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets, on patrol in the area, moved to intercept. The Russian planes flew within 50 miles from Chariot, Alaska.

The Russian planes were unarmed and remained in international air space, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told Fox.

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The Alaskan Air Defense Zone is the area patrolled by U.S. fighters.

The Russian Air Force has become increasingly active in the area near Alaska in recent months. Russian planes flew close to Alaska at least four times in April.

The fighters were spotted just one day after President Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone. Trump told reporters that he did not discuss the flights with Putin.

The Sukhoi SU-35 is one of the world’s most advanced fighter planes. It is the frontline attack craft for the Russian Air Force, and considered superior to U.S. F-35 fighters by some observers. The TU-95 is a heavy bomber and missile platform that is capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

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How True Preppers Ready Themselves for a Natural Disaster

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Natural disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. As a prepper, it is important to know which types of natural disasters are most likely to happen in your location. Once you know the potential hazards, you can take action to prepare for them. Keep in mind these four ways of readying yourself for a natural disaster.

Becoming a Storm Spotter

Becoming a storm spotter is an important step for preppers to take. Spotters are trained to identify different types of cloud formations and other indicators that are suggestive of severe weather. As a storm spotter, you could recognize a funnel cloud, report it to local authorities and the weather service and then take cover in your shelter.

Getting Certified in First Aid

As a prepper, it is also important to know how to administer first aid to yourself or another person. Taking a class through the American Red Cross allows you to gain certification in first aid. There are classes for first aid for children and for adults. You will learn essential skills such as performing CPR, doing the Heimlich maneuver, and dressing a wound. You may also learn how to remove debris from a wound, stitch a wound closed and remove a stinger.

Transporting Supplies with Utility Trailers

Utility trailers are key to transporting supplies to your shelter. A utility trailer, like those available from Hillsboro Industries, can be connected to your vehicle to haul lumber, sheeting, and heavy bags of concrete to your property. You can also use them to haul large kegs of water and bulk containers of food to your storage.

Learning How to Use Essential Tools and Equipment

Having tools and equipment won’t help if you don’t know how to use them. Practice using food dehydrators, hand tools and portable radios before a natural disaster happens. Test your skills at hunting, fishing, rope tying and other key parts of prepping. Know how to quickly assemble and disassemble your tent. Understand how to use the water filter and build a campfire under rainy conditions.

The aftermath of a natural disaster could last for days, weeks, months or even longer. Taking the time now to prepare your shelter, practice using your equipment and test your skills will help you to be ready for any emergency situation. Be sure to keep all of your equipment in good condition and to rotate your supplies so that they do not expire before you are able to put them to use.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

Link – Great-grandmother survives 5 days stranded in mountains with her cat

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AKRON, Colo. — An 85-year-old Colorado great-grandmother is safe at home after she was stranded for five days in her car in the mountains.

Ruby Stein was in Gypsum visiting family last week and she and her cat, Nikki, were just starting the 200-mile trip back to her home in Akron.

“I’d been stuck at Eisenhower tunnel before, and I thought, ‘I want to get out of here before that snow comes in.’ Well, I took a wrong turn,” said Stein.

Instead of going to I-70, she accidentally drove deep into a rural mountainous area, getting her 2007 Nissan Sentra stuck at the end of a muddy dirt road.

Her cell phone didn’t have a signal, and by Wednesday her car battery had died, drained by the lights she kept flashing to bring help.

But Ruby says she didn’t panic.

Stayed with the car and survived. She accidentally had food and ‘blanket’ materials with her. Even without a dedicated survival kit she had one thing that every person who is going to survive a disaster must have: presence of mind.

“I keep myself very calm, which surprised me. Of course, if you raise 5 kids, you know,” she said with a smile. “What will be, will be. You just got to accept it.”

That resourcefulness helped her survive, as she fashioned a makeshift blanket from clothes her granddaughter had given her for donations.

She also melted snow in a can on her dashboard during the day, and she rationed sweet rolls and Rice Krispie treats to two bites a day, wondering if she would have to eat her cat’s food to keep from starving.

It is hoped that she will have learned a lesson and think twice about deviating from her planned route and will have a better stash of food/water and blankets in her car. Spring is kinda sorta here in the mountains, although there’s still plenty of snow higher up….but you can still get stuck pretty easily if you wander too far off the asphalt and think “I’ve got all-wheel-drive…this thing can go anywhere.”

Moral of the story: Stay with the vehicle. Have gear.

What Time Of Day Break-Ins Usually Occur?

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Imagine coming home after a long day at work and noticing that your front door is open. You walk inside your home, and you can tell it has been ransacked. Quickly, you realize that many of your prized possessions, jewelry, and even cash are gone. You were a victim of a burglary.

While no one wants to imagine this happening to them or to their home, the truth of the matter is that according to the statistics, approximately 8,000 homeowners in the United States are going to have this experience or a similar experience. And, unfortunately, six out of seven of the individuals who burglarize a home today will get away scot-free. In fact, they will be able to continue to burglarize homes without getting caught. What can you do to minimize the chances of your home being burglarized?

Understand When Most Burglars Strike

If television and movies were to be believed, burglars would be men all dressed in black sneaking into our homes in the middle of the night while using high-tech devices in order to avoid detection. The reality is far different. Most burglars strike in the middle of the day. Most burglars strike in the middle of the week. And most burglars walk into your home using your front door in the middle of summer.

Why Do Burglars Strike When They Do?

In order to understand why burglars strike when they do, you need to put yourself in the mind of a thief. If someone is planning to break into a home, what two things do they want? They want to avoid detection, and they want to have as much time as possible to gather as much loot as they possibly can.

During the day, most homeowners are at work. Children are at school, and entire neighborhoods are virtually empty. Homeowners who are at home are occupied with their day-to-day routine, and in most cases they rarely venture out doors. This makes the middle of the day the perfect time for a burglar to break into your home.

But why do they break in during the summer months? There are three key reasons. First, it’s hot. Second, people are relaxed. Third, everyone goes on vacation.

During the sweltering heat of July and August, most people have their doors open and their windows open. And, inevitably, someone is going to forget to close their windows, or they’re going to forget to lock their doors. This makes their home the perfect target for a burglar.

At the same time, during the summer months, everyone just wants to relax. People are out working in their garden, they are spending every free minute at the lake or at the park, or they have the garage door open all day long. All of these things are a welcome mat for criminals.

During the summer, families go on vacation. Most families are so focused on their vacation that they don’t think about things like having someone collect the mail when they’re away, having someone cleanup leaves that might accumulate near the front of the home, or having someone park in their garage from time to time to give the appearance that the home is occupied.

Burglars are very astute. They see when you and your family are packing to go on vacation, they monitor your home, and they will notice if it is empty. And they will use that as an opportunity to strike.

Now that you have a clear idea of when burglars strike, what steps can you take to protect your home from a potential burglary? Let’s review five.

Five Ways to Keep Your Home Safe

1. Install a home security system. This goes without saying. But still a good portion of homes in the United States do not have a security alarm. Some argue that criminals know how to circumvent home security systems. That is giving the common criminal too much credit. Most burglars are not James Bond and super spy types. They are the type of people who use brute force to kick in your front door and quickly grab what they can and run away. These individuals are looking for homes without home security cameras and homes with poor lighting. Homes with CCTV systems are usually passed over by the run-of-the-mill thief because they do not want to risk getting caught.

2. Good quality door locks. The quality of the lock that you use will have a direct impact on the security of your home. A cheap lock can be bypassed by even the most clumsy criminal. A high quality commercial grade lock, on the other hand, can stop criminals in their tracks. You should install quality locks not only on the front and back door but also on the garage door, the side garage door, and on all of your windows. Although simply having a good lock will not prevent a burglar from trying to break into your home, it can make it harder for them to accomplish their goal. If a criminal realizes that they are going to need to spend considerable time breaking the lock, they are likely to move on to an easier target.

3. Be a good neighbor. It is not uncommon for people to live in the same neighborhood for years and not know a lot about their neighbors. While this may be good for privacy, this is not good when it comes to home security. It is important for you to socialize with your neighbors. Let them become familiar with some of the patterns that you have as well as the people who usually visit your home. That way, when something abnormal happens, the neighbors are immediately alerted. For example, if your neighbors know that you are not moving anytime soon and then a moving truck pulls up to your home, they will know that something’s up and will try to contact you or law enforcement.

4. Close the blinds. The basic principle behind this is don’t advertise. Contrary to conventional wisdom, most burglaries are not planned. Burglars are opportunists. They are often young men looking to find quick cash because they have a drug habit. So if they look into your home and they see that you have electronic devices, cash, or other valuables that are easily accessible, they may decide to take a chance and break into your home.

5. Store valuables in a safe. Buying a safe might be a little expensive, but if you are the victim of a burglary, you’re going to be happy that you made the investment. Even a simple safe requires time to break into. Time is one thing that burglars know they don’t have. It is best to have a safe that is exceptionally heavy or that is bolted down to the ground. If you purchase a smaller safe, a burglar may simply grab it and carry it away.

If after reading this article you realize that there are some aspects of your home or your behavior that you need to adjust, take steps to fix these things now. There is no way to know in advance when a burglar is going to strike your home. All that you can do is take the necessary precautions to protect yourself now. Install a security alarm, purchase a safe, keep your valuables out of sight, become friendly with your neighbors, and purchase quality locks for your doors and windows. Doing these things will drastically lessen the chance of you becoming a burglary victim.


Authors Bio

 

Matthew Wilson is an enthusiast who has a deep interest in all things related to home security.What started out as a superficial interest in home security systems soon led to Matthew becoming an expert in the field and someone that others would turn to when they had questions about the quality or effectiveness of a home security system or device. Read more of his works on – Property Guard Master!

 

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Why I Won’t be Buying the Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer–Yet

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Freeze drying your own food at home is an appealing idea to many people who are interested in food storage. The Harvest Right freeze dryer has received a lot of attention, but I share my thoughts on why I’m not yet ready to purchase one for my home.

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How To Keep Tomato Plants Healthy – 5 Tips To Eliminate Blight And Disease Naturally

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When it comes to growing tomatoes, a great harvest all begins with keeping your tomato plants healthy all season long. Nothing can be more depressing than to watch your tomato plants wither away from blight and disease. And, plants that

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Why Is North Korea Pushing The Edge

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Everybody’s eyes are on North Korea now because the pot is boiling and expected to blow up. And if it does, it’s going to be huge.

Amongst the various ongoing situations that Donald Trump inherited on ascending to the presidency, was an ongoing problem with North Korea. The former president, Barack Obama inherited that ongoing problem, as has every president since the end of World War II, when the Korean peninsula was divided.

The problems associated with North Korea erupted into bloodshed in 1950, when the North Korean army invaded the south. Although South Korea and the United States were totally unprepared for that conflict, we ultimately fought the North Koreans and their Chinese backers to a standstill. The armistice signed in July of 1953 has led to an uneasy peace for the last 64 years.

I say an “uneasy peace” because it has been punctuated by many threats, probes, and shots fired across the DMZ (demilitarized zone), the no-man’s land between the two countries.

But the North has never been happy with the agreement, nor with the division of the Korean peninsula. They have remained convinced that Korea should be reunited under their leadership. It doesn’t matter that the South Korean economy is over 30 times larger than the North’s, or that the people there live in freedom, under a democratically elected government. In the eyes of the North, and especially in the eyes of their government, South Korea belongs under their rule.

This is actually very similar to the problem between China and Taiwan. To the communist Chinese government, Taiwan is nothing more than a rebellious province, having broken off from China in the aftermath of World War II. The reason why mainland China can’t do anything about it is the same reason why North Korea can’t do anything about South Korea, both South Korea and Taiwan are backed by the might of the American military, the most powerful military in the world.

For this reason, our relations with China have been strained since World War II, even though we helped to liberate them from the Japanese. It is also behind the hatred that North Korea has maintained towards the USA. Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather, the first dictator after the Korean War, used his propaganda machine to teach the North Korean people that American soldiers tore the limbs off of innocent Koreans and cut off their eyes, noses and lips, hanging them on trees.

This sort of propaganda is necessary, even though it is untrue, to help Kim’s regime keep the people in check. The North Korean policy of “military first” which keeps the people starving, while every possible Won (the North Korean currency) is spent on the military, creates an atmosphere that is ripe for rebellion.

By giving the people a common enemy who is pictured as cruel and destructive, Kim is able to keep his own people in check, while investing millions in building an nuclear arsenal and missiles capable of reaching the hated enemy.

Of course, the North Korean leadership knows the truth about the Korean war, and as has been heard from defectors, there are people who still remember the kindness that American soldiers showed to their children. But the younger generation didn’t experience that and has largely bought into the government’s propaganda.

It appears that Kim Jong-Un believes his own propaganda machine as well, or at least believes it enough to match his rhetoric to the official line he is promoting. But there is an inherent danger in that. That is, at some time his actions much match his rhetoric, or he will be shown to be a fraud. That’s something he can’t afford.

So whether Kim actually wants to launch nuclear tipped missiles at the United States or not, he has painted himself into a box where he will eventually have to. As a dictator, the price of not doing so would be too high. He would lose face before his people, which could easily be followed by losing his head.

North Korea’s Nuclear Capacity

Whether Kim John-Un’s actions and rhetoric are intentional or merely the ravings of a madman are inconsequential at this time. Like the rest of the world, he must live and die with what he’s said. Chances of his backing down are extremely slim.

So North Korea continues on the march to becoming a nuclear power, developing nuclear bombs and long-range missiles which can be mated together to become ICBMs that can reach the United States. The real question at this point in time, is how close he is to actually accomplishing that goal.

It is a known fact that North Korea possesses nuclear bombs. The question there is whether they have achieved the necessary miniaturization needed in order to put them on the top of a missile. While North Korea claims that hit has reached that point, we just don’t know. Of course, we have to assume that they have, as to assume anything else would be extremely risky.

But to accomplish his goals, Kim needs a missile that can reach at least the West Coast of the United States. In that, his scientists and engineers have been running into some difficulty. While they currently have four different missiles in their inventory, the one which has the greatest range also appears to be the most unreliable. As seen in their most recent test flight, firing a missile into the Sea of Japan, it has a propensity to blow up all on its own.

Video first seen on CBS News.

Yet North Korea persists and we can assume that they have competent engineers. That means that each failure of a missile brings them one step closer to finding all the problems that can cause them to go awry and brings them closer to having a successful, reliable missile.

Once that happens, we are truly in danger. Right now, we’re protected by the fact that North Korea doesn’t have the technical expertise to match their leader’s ego. But that can’t last for long.

Killing people who fail is a great incentive for those who remain alive. They push harder to ensure that they won’t be the next one executed.

The Risk of a North Korean Missile Attack

I have to put myself firmly in the camp of those who say:“It isn’t a question of whether North Korea will initiate a nuclear missile strike, but when.”

Kim Jong-Un has painted himself into a box and I really don’t see any indication that he wants out of it. He seems to see his out as going through with that attack and proving to the world that his tiny nation is more powerful than the United States of America.

The other question that we have to consider is what form that attack will take. The fact that North Korea’s missiles are all on mobile launchers gives Pyongyang an incredible amount of flexibility. It also makes both locating and countering those missiles a much harder task for our military.

It would be extremely easy for the North Koreans to load missiles and their launchers into specially constructed cargo containers and send them our way. As long as those containers were on the top level of containers in the ship, they could be launched without impediment.

The scary part of that scenario is that such a launch could be made very near our shores, extending the effective range of their missiles. In such a case, it wouldn’t just be Los Angeles that would be at risk of being targeted, but a large part of the Continental United States. If you include the Gulf of Mexico in any potential planning, there are few parts of the United States that North Korean missiles couldn’t reach, based upon what we currently know about their missiles.

The greater risk to our country is not from a ground burst or near ground burst, but from a high-altitude EMP. As attested to by the report of the EMP Commission, such an attack would destroy the USA, putting us back somewhere around 150 years. We would become a very unique third-world country.

What Can We Do?

Now we need to look at the other side of the equation, what can the United States military do against such an attack? There are always two sides to any military equation and hopefully North Korea is failing to do their math right.

Defending against nuclear missiles is not a new problem for the United States military. Throughout the Cold War, we lived under the threat of the now-defunct Soviet Union lobbing thousands of ICMBs at us. President Regan’s “Star Wars” program was developed in anticipation of such an attack. By comparison, the few missiles that North Korea could send our way is a minor risk.

But the problem we have is that the United States of America is a vast country, with thousands of miles of boarders. A truly effective anti-ballistic defense network would have to cover all our borders, as well as US possessions around the globe. That complete a system has never been fielded, due to the massive cost of such a huge system.

Rather, the Department of Defense has deployed much smaller systems, located in strategic areas. These systems stand an excellent chance of thwarting any attack by Pyongyang.

Specifically, we have what are known as “midcourse defensive systems” positioned at Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. While that may not seem like much, we have to take into consideration the altitude that ballistic missiles fly. Missiles from either Alaska or California have the capability of intercepting ICBMs at the apogee of their flight, over most of the North Pacific Ocean.

Considering the low number of missiles that North Korea would be launching against the USA, the chances of this system in intercepting those missiles is rather high. That probability can be increased, by adding in the capability of the Aegis missile system. Aegis missile cruisers off the Pacific Coast of the United States would also engage those ICBMs, probably as they returned to Earth.

The greater risk is the one I already mentioned, if the North Koreans launch their missiles off of a container ship, nearer to our coastline. That would reduce the reaction time that these missile systems and their operators would have to react to the attack.

If the North Korean missiles came in at a lower trajectory, rather than at a true ballistic trajectory, they might actually be able to make it through those defenses.

In such a case, we could expect the damage to be extensive, at least to a few American cities. Which cities that would be is a question that is hard to answer. A lot would depend on the results that Pyongyang was seeking. While destroying Washington, DC would be the most logical military target, with the greatest impact on the USA, it would also probably be one of the hardest targets for them to hit.

You can be sure the nation’s capital will be defended and such an attack would have to come from the Atlantic Ocean, which increases the danger for the North Koreans.

A Preemptive Strike?

Former President Obama’s policy of appeasement hasn’t worked any better with the North Koreans, than it did with the Iranians. That is, unless the goal was to help those two rogue nations become nuclear powers. If that was the goal, he was highly successful.

President Trump hasn’t followed the same policy. Rather than bowing down to the rest of the world, he reasserted the United States place as a world leader. While some have complained about this, including Kim Jong-Un, it was definitely the right thing to do. Only the United States has proven to the world that we can be trusted to be the world’s police.

As part of that, Trump is taking a very hands-on approach to the multiple problems that exist with North Korea, especially their threats to the United States. As part of that, the United States of America has sent the USS Carl Vinson and its associated fleet to the area off North Korea as a deterrent, as well as other naval forces, including a nuclear-powered missile submarine, armed with both nukes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Of course, North Korea is taking that as an escalation, not as a deterrent. They’re also accusing the USA of creating the tension in the region. Neither are surprising. Despotic rulers and governments always try to blame their actions on others; just look at Hitler’s actions at the beginning of World War II.

But having naval forces in the area gives President Trump and the Pentagon some additional options, including a preemptive first strike. Should it look like North Korea is preparing to launch a nuclear-tipped missile at anyone, that might be the best action to take. But it’s not an action without consequences. North Korea would definitely take that as a provocation and respond to it.

In other words, trying to stop one nuclear launch could very well become the trigger to causing another. The situation is that complicated now. North Korea apparently feels they can’t back down, so they may very well push things into a war.

While there is nothing that President Trump has said, which indicate that he wants war with North Korea, it is looking more and more like one is coming. Sometimes, when you push the bully, the bully backs off; but there are other times when the bully chooses to fight. This is beginning to look like one of those situations where the bully chooses to fight.

But What About China?

The wildcard in all this is China. The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, recently spent a weekend with President Trump in his Mar-a-Lago resort. At the end of it, Trump claimed success and that the Chinese president was willing to work with the US to curb North Korean violence. That could be a real game changer, as China is North Korea’s biggest ally and biggest trading partner.

So far, China has moved 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, in a move that can be seen either as putting pressure on Pyongyang or as offering them support. As we haven’t heard the message that went with that move, we can only guess. But the Chinese have also refused to accept shipments of coal from North Korea, which is the North Korean’s biggest export. So, from that alone, it appears that China is playing ball.

Between Chinese pressure and US diplomacy, it is possible that war can be abated. But in reality, I think that the best we can hope for is for it to be delayed. Unless something happens to Kim Jong-Un, who is still a young man, chances are that North Korea will continue in their warlike direction.

What do you think?

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30 Pioneer Skills We Cannot Lose

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There are 30 pioneer skills we cannot lose at the very minimum I want to address today. Here’s the deal, I grew up sewing my own clothes, making bread, canning food, and gardening. Now, some of these skills we may perform every day, once a week or some we have never done and we don’t want to do them. I understand, I totally do. I’m left handed and I’ll  tell you, I have always wanted to knit or crochet and I could never understand how to do it because I was always being taught by a right-handed person.

If I have a special baby I know that is being born I have my friend Kathleen make a pair of knitted or crocheted booties. Oh my gosh, when I go to her house she always is knitting or crocheting something. She made a hat she knitted for me by measuring my head and it’s my favorite because SHE made it for me I have a blogging friend that I purchased some crocheted hand warmers from, I treasure them because Janet Garmen made them. She spins the soft wool and these keep me warm every winter. Timber Creek Farms I love how she designs them. I hesitate to say she has a homestead because to me she has a HUGE farm with every animal known to man. If you don’t follow her on Instagram you may want too! TC Farms I’ve yet to figure out the difference between a homestead and the old fashioned word FARM. Hence, her blog is called, Timber Creek Farms. There we have it.

When I was younger, my mother always wanted my great-grandmother’s spinning wheel. After my grandmother died, my mom received the spinning wheel she had always wanted. Now, keep in mind none of us knew how to spin wool, but we would visualize doing it. It’s called making wishes into dreams. Well, the dream never came to fruition, but when my mom died I asked for the spinning wheel. It’s quite large to put on display in my small home, but I am waiting for some inspiration on how to frame it so I can put this special family treasure on display.

As I remember, years and years ago, there was one restaurant drive-thru with some girls on roller skates carrying trays filled with hamburgers, fries, and drinks level with their shoulders to each car in the parking stalls. We still have some of those today, maybe not with roller skates, but it was a big deal back in the day. Could this be when people started doing the drive-thru dinners? I don’t know. What I do know is the fact that we are becoming an overweight country from eating unhealthy food from drive-thrus, restaurants, and cafes that add possibly way too much butter (trust me I love butter) and salt. Why do the food outlets do this? It’s quite simple, it makes the food taste better, not to me, but to some people. I think this is why Mark and I seem to get an upset stomach eating out because we only eat out once a month, if that, and the food is too rich.

I don’t know if you remember when I told you this, but when I used to work crazy hours I would pick up “take out” on my way home and eat at 10:00 P.M. Well, I started putting on weight with the food I picked up, it  was delicious but packed with lots of yummy butter and salt, probably more than I care to know about. I had awesome neighbors who would bring some homemade meals occasionally, they were gold to me. Nothing is better than homemade dinners! Mark and I would rather eat at home and just relax in the comfort of our home. When I decided to semi-retire, I said: “I never want to stand in line or wait for any meals ever again”. I have followed this statement for over 8 years now. We live about ten miles from town, and there isn’t one place I would rather eat than at my home.

Pioneer Skills

  1. Baking: I realize baking overlaps into cooking, but there is something about the feel of bread dough in your hands. Or, grabbing a bowl and creaming the butter with sugar using a wooden spoon or a Danish whisk. Then adding the remainder of the ingredients. Then having the kids use two spoons to drop by teaspoonfuls on the greased cookie sheets. I feel like making some pumpkin cookies right now. My friend, Melissa Richardson taught me how to use this: Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ I prefer the 11″ inch size because it fits inside a wide mouth quart jar and it’s easier for my hands to mix up cookies, brownies or muffins.
  2. Bartering: Bartering is great after emergencies or to trade teaching skills to one another. Store coffee and liquor because people will really want or need those items. I traded a few bread making classes for a brand new red KitchenAid stand mixer.
  3. Beekeeping: I follow a friend over in Colorado via FaceBook and watch her progress through the different steps of beekeeping.
  4. Blacksmithing: I love going to places that how to do this, but I do not have horses, but I love watching this skill.
  5. Bread making: As you know I love making bread, any kind of bread. Please remember to use fresh bread flour and fresh SAF Instant yeast and your bread will never fail. I remember one blogger sent me a rather mean email accusing me of never having made my one-hour French bread because hers did not rise. Well, guess what, I got over 20 emails telling me the recipe was the best recipe they had ever tried. That same recipe was used when my girls sold door to door when they were younger to earn a little extra money. I do believe if it’s overcast my bread will not rise, old wives tale or not, I don’t know. I never make bread when it’s overcast. My bread always turns out. Now, not all the loaves are perfectly shaped, but the taste is awesome.
  6. Building: Mark and my family have built out basements in so many houses, we have lost count. I am now going to have one of my son-in-laws build me two 3 bed bunk beds. Yay, we can then sleep six in the grandkids room!
  7. Canning food: I’m so glad Mark and I took the Master Preserver Canning class here at the Utah State University extension service education center. I knew some of the articles I was reading on some websites were dead wrong and some foods that could not be safely canned. Yes, people will argue about it, but as one registered nurse said: “I hope they make it out of the ICU alive to tell about it.”
  8. Cooking: I wrote this one because I feel like we need to bring back cooking from scratch. You know by grabbing something from the pantry and or refrigerator and throwing a dinner together quickly,  and more healthy.
  9. Cooking outside: If you have charcoal, matches, tinder and a Dutch oven, you are ready to boil water and cook outside.
  10. Dehydrating food: I love dehydrating food, although it does not have a long shelf life like commercially processed foods.
  11. Family meals together: I think eating meals together as a family is something that people are not doing as much anymore. Is life too busy, or are there too many lessons on the calendar? I don’t know.
  12. First aid and medical care: I have neighbors on my street that call when they need a bandaid, cold medicine or Benedryl. Life is good if you have a good first aid kit if the pharmacies all shut down for days, weeks or months. It’s the prepper in me, always be prepared.
  13. Fishing: Mark goes fishing about once or twice a month with one of his best friends who owns a fishing boat. What joy fishing brings to both of them. I know we could eat as long as there are still fish in the lakes near us and there are a lot of them. We are blessed with a lot of water where we live. How long will the water be here is a good question. Right now they do “catch and release,” but we could have them start bringing the fish home if the need arises.
  14. Gardening: I wish more people would garden, there’s something really awesome about digging with your hands in the dirt, then watching the seeds sprout and picking the fresh fruits and garden veggies. Life is good!
  15. Grinding wheat: I’m all over this, you can put “wheat grinder” in my search bar and I show you several ways you can grind wheat.
  16. Growing fruit trees: this is something we used to do, but our lot is so small, I’m hoping to trade or barter homemade bread for a small box of fresh fruit when out friends’ trees start to produce. Yay!
  17. Healing our bodies: I am big into this, but I do have Dr. Alton’s book: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way I love essential oils, but that’s about all I can say or the FDA may shut down my website, enough said.
  18. Hunting: oh my gosh, my nephew Collin is a hunting hero of mine, and they eat the meat they shoot. I still can’t believe we cut up the dead deer spread out on my kitchen table that Mark shot the first year we were married. I get the giggles thinking of it.
  19. Knitting: As I said above, this is an awesome skill, just think how we could use this with yarn that goes on sale, or better yet, we can buy the soft awesome yarn from Janet’s Timber Creek Farm above.
  20. Know your neighbors: I know I have talked about getting to know your neighbors, that guy down the street with a chainsaw may be your next best friend. Get together and make teams with people near you and exchange your skills and ideas. Trust me, we will need those people living near us after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.
  21. Manners: I love hearing children say please and thank you. It’s hard when I see kids screaming back at their parents at the stores I frequent. It’s not often, but we do need to teach children to respect grown-ups, other people’s furniture, and school property.
  22. Quilting: Do you remember your grandmothers using every scrap of fabric and hand piecing them together?
  23. Raising animals: the only animals we can have where I live are two pets. I couldn’t kill a chicken or goat to eat it anyway, but I have wonderful friends that have the skill and knowledge to do this.
  24. Repurposing old clothes: I love some of my grandkids, they buy clothes from the thrift stores and cut them down by sewing them to fit family members, if necessary.
  25. Saving garden seeds: I’ve personally never done this, but I know people who do as long as they are not Monsanto GMO seeds.
  26. Sewing: this proud grandma loves hearing when her grandkids are learning to sew, woohoo! If you can take lessons from someone on how to sew, do it. My hands aren’t that great anymore, but I used to love sewing. I could sew anything, with or without a pattern. I realize it is not relaxing to some people, but it is to me. Having the right sewing machine makes all the difference. I learned on a Singer, then BabyLoc, and when my mom died I used some inheritance money to purchase a Bernina sewing machine I have always wanted. Be sure and keep all your sewing machines, cleaned and oiled. Don’t forget to use good needles and thread, it makes all the difference in the world.
  27. Sharing: I love sharing my talent of making bread with people. I love to share my time to show people how to organize just about everything in their homes, or garages. Sharing meals with the sick or elderly brings everyone joy and blessings.
  28. Stonework: This is a great skill because we never know when we may have to do some stonework, inside our homes or outside.
  29. Water gathering and storage: Luckily today we don’t have to haul water, but we do need to store water for emergencies. I wrote about storing water a few days ago. Please don’t stand in line waiting for water bottles from your city if the water becomes contaminated. Not fun.
  30. Welding: this is an awesome talent and my son-in-law uses this skill to this day! AND it will come in handy when we construct the strong sturdy new bunk beds.

May you think about you own family pioneer skills that you can bring back to life and to maybe you can teach some pioneer skills to your neighbors, family, and friends. May God bless you to continue to be prepared for the unexpected.

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Best Prepper Gear: 18 Big Ticket Items Preppers Will Want to Save Up For

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Best Prepper Gear: 18 Big Ticket Items Preppers Will Want to Save Up For

There’s plenty of excellent, cheap survival gear around for those just starting to prep, or for those trying to buff up their already-in-place prepper stockpile. But while cheap, affordable products can take you quite far, there are some amazing big-ticket items you’re likely to want to save up for. I don’t own very many of the items on […]

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How to Choose a Bug Out Bicycle to Escape Chaos

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In every disaster movie we see that bicycles have inexplicably vanished. While this may be a flaw in the movie script, I like to believe survivors recognized their true value and put them to good use. Having a Bug out bicycle ready can help you get out of dodge faster than you would expect. Being … Read more…

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How to Choose a Bug Out Bicycle to Escape Chaos

In every disaster movie we see that bicycles have inexplicably vanished. While this may be a flaw in the movie script, I like to believe survivors recognized their true value and put them to good use. Having a Bug out bicycle ready can help you get out of dodge faster than you would expect. Being … Read more…

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Tornado Alley, Tornado Facts, And How They Form

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Full Size image   Tornadoes occur mostly in the United States. On average, 1,200 tornadoes cause 1,500 injuries and 65 fatalities per year in the U.S. (source: spc.noaa.gov) Here’s more about “tornado alley”, tornado facts, and how they form:   Where is Tornado Alley? Tornado Alley is an area of the United States where tornadoes […]

Survival Hax Paracord EDC Keychain – Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are reviewing the Survival Hax 10 in 1 Paracord EDC Keychain with Waterproof Pill Bottle. What is it? It’s a key chain (comprised of woven paracord and carabiner), with a waterproof pill container that contains a survival kit.  I opened the pill container and found: cotton tinder fire starter rod fishing line hooks weights floaters sinkers swivels eye knife safety pins wire saw I’m amazed they were able fit all these […]

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When Grocery Stores Go Empty, These Four Foods Will Help You Survive

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The only thing preppers fear more than masses of unprepared people during an emergency, is being one of those people. That’s why our ultimate nightmare scenario would be not having any non-perishable food on hand during a serious disaster. However, there’s plenty of reasons why an otherwise prepared person might not be prepared when the SHTF.

You could be out-of-town or out of the country, visiting family members who aren’t preppers. Or perhaps you’re having financial problems. So maybe you’ve had to dip into your food supply, or if you prefer buying canned food over freeze-dried food, you haven’t been able to restock items that have spoiled. Or perhaps you’re new to prepping, and you haven’t gotten around to building up a food supply.

Whatever the case may be, you should ask yourself, what would you do if you were one of those people who race to the grocery store at the last-minute during a disaster? Before you answer that, you have to consider the very real possibility that by the time you reach the grocery store, the shelves will be at least partially stripped.

The first food items that will sell out mostly consist of things that are already cooked or prepared in some way, including canned foods, frozen dishes, and bread. Fresh meat and eggs would also disappear pretty fast, despite the fact that they need to be cooked.

Ideally, you want to avoid this scenario altogether by prepping beforehand. In The Prepper’s Cookbook, Tess Pennington highlights key strategies for building an emergency pantry. This takes planning, so if you haven’t already done so, start today. Ideally, you want to store shelf stable foods that your family normally consumes, as well as find foods that are multi-dynamic and serve many purposes. These are the 25 foods she suggests that preppers should have in their pantries.

Have a Back-Up Plan For the Grocery Store

If you end up having to rush to the grocery store during an emergency, you should be prepared to employ a different strategy for finding food. If, when you arrive at the store, there are already a lot of people grabbing the low hanging fruit like canned foods, bread, etc., don’t join them. You’re probably only going to find the scraps that they haven’t gotten to yet. Instead, move immediately towards the food items that won’t disappear as quickly, and can substitute the foods that everyone is going to fight over first.

To employ this strategy properly, you only need one thing. Something to cook with that doesn’t require the grid, such as a camp stove with a few fuel canisters. You’ll need something like that, because many of the food items that disappear later in the game, tend to need some preparation.

These Four Emergency Food Alternatives Can Keep You Alive

So with that said, what kinds of foods should you go after when you arrive at a grocery store later than everyone else?

  • Instead of bread, go straight for the flour. Don’t worry if you can’t find any yeast. You can always make hardtack, tortillas or naan. You might also find that the sacks of dried rice and beans won’t disappear until after the canned foods go. When combined, these two make a complete protein and are perfect for emergency food meals. Keep cooking times in mind with the beans and go for small beans like navy or lentils.
  • If you find that the produce section is stripped bare, go to the supplement aisle instead. There you’ll find all of the vitamins and minerals that are normally found in fresh produce. Look for food based or whole food vitamins. You’ll also find protein powders that can at least partially substitute fresh meat. As well, look for seeds to sprout. Sprouts provide the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes of any of food per unit of calorie. Enzymes are essential because they heal the body, cleanse the body, prevent diseases, enhance the overall functioning of bodily organs, aids in digestion, and removes gas from the stomach.
  • If fresh meat or canned meat is gone from the shelves, a substitute for is dog food. Though this may disgust most people, desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s really cheap and packed with protein. The only downside, of course, is that pet food usually doesn’t face the same health standards as human food. If it can be helped, go for the wet food instead of the kibble. Though you’ll probably be fine eating any dog food for a couple of weeks, dry dog food isn’t as safe as wet food. Plus, the cans of wet food will be much more hydrating.
  • And finally, instead of trying to find butter, which will be one of the first food items to disappear, try looking for alternatives. Remember, you need fats in your diet. Healthy oils like coconut oil or avocado oil provide healthy nutrition and canI be used for cooking, added to coffee, oats, beverages, and other foods. In addition, one of the most nutrient dense foods that are often forgotten during emergency food planning is in the health aisle. Look for granola and nuts. Nuts are calorie dense and full of fiber to help you stay full longer. Due to the high protein count of this natural food, it can be an efficient meat replacement too. Look for non-salted nut varieties to keep you hydrated longer. It’s packed with calories and can go weeks without spoiling when it’s not refrigerated.  Read more about the ideal bug out meal plan here. Alternatively, if all the healthy oils and nuts have been taken, look for some lard. It’s sometimes labeled “manteca.” It will probably be overlooked, but has just as many calories as butter, and lasts a really long time.

Of course, many of these items aren’t the best tasting or the most healthy. They’re certainly not ideal. But then again, neither is being caught in a disaster without your food preps. If you arrive at the grocery store before everyone else, by all means, go after the good stuff. However, if you aren’t lucky enough to beat the crowds, now you know what kinds of foods you should grab first.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Should You, Could You, Prepare For World War 3?

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world war 3I can’t ignore the ominous tone of headlines on Drudge Report as well as articles across the internet that a “surprise” nuclear war, a World War 3, is a possibility. Admittedly, with the current leader of North Korea heading up a standing army of 1.1 million strong, with another 8.3 million in reserves, anything is likely.

Oh, yeah. Those pesky “failed” missile tests. No doubt some of them were actual failures, but what if the goal was only to see how far into the atmosphere the missile could reach? Armed with a nuclear warhead, that launched missile may have a chance of creating an electromagnetic pulse near, or over, the American homeland. Read One Second After by William Forstchen to get an idea of what life in a post-EMP world would be like.

It’s all too easy to mock Kim Jong-un — his haircut, portly build, somewhat vacant stare, but as I’ve taught my kids, someone with an IQ of 48 can kill you just as easily as someone with an IQ 3 times that. Kim Jong-un has managed to have his brother assassinated, has brutally cleansed his government of the tiniest sign of dissent, and seems fully in charge of an isolated country of some 25 million citizens.

As of this writing, residents of Hawaii are being told to take this threat seriously and some top leaders in the military are suggesting installing a missile defense there.

Why is it so difficult to imagine him taking on the United States via a missile attack? And if Kim Jong-un backs down, there are significant threats brewing in the Middle East, and Putin’s Russia continues to play its role as America’s arch-rival.

The main problem as I see it is a world that is more unstable than at any time in my lifetime, with war being a very real possibility. Sometimes it even seems there are some in our federal government pushing for war.

World War 3 ushers in more than war damage

When my family first began prepping some 9 years ago, a third World War wasn’t on my list of prepping priorities. Back in late 2008, an economic collapse seemed far more likely, and it is still near the top of my own threat analysis. (If you haven’t made your own threat analysis, follow these instructions.)

What’s important to remember, though, if war hits our homeland, it would result in war related deaths and damage, sure, but virtually everything would be affected: shipping of virtually all products, including medicine, access to healthcare, jobs, the power grid and delivery of power, municipal water and sanitation systems, even relationships. Take a look at the devastation in Venezuela over the past several months to get an idea of a country in crisis.

War here in the homeland would be equally chaotic with the addition of unimaginable damage done by conventional and (likely) unconventional weapons. What would be destroyed? Well, consider what holds our country together: bridges, water/sanitation plants, government buildings, highways, airports, military bases, internet, banking, phone service, you name it.

Additionally, your daily routine will change. You may not have a job to go to, school may not be in session, dentist and doctor appointments may be difficult to come by. Everyone who depends on you now will continue to do so, including pets and livestock animals.

So how do you prepare?

Over the years, I’ve heard survival-minded folk talk about SHTF, WROL, and TEOTWAWKI as though they are something to look forward to. They can test out their cool gear, get to their bug out locations, and live out in real life the survival fantasies they’ve only read about in books.

Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh, but no matter how well prepped any of us think we are, the reality of a worst case scenario will absolutely be more than we can imagine and there are a multitude of variables that no one can anticipate. One significant step I’ve taken with my prepping is a course at Preppers University. I couldn’t always attend the live classes, but when I did, the chance to ask questions of survival experts was priceless. When I had time, I went back and watched the recordings, too.

Obviously, I’ve been considering this particular worst case scenario for a while and have determined the best course of action for me and my family: prep to maintain the best level of normalcy possible. Think of it this way:

If my income is interrupted, I can prep by:

  • Save money
  • Pay off debt
  • Possibly pay ahead with property taxes
  • Learn additional skills that could generate income
  • Set a goal of paying off our house
  • Teach my kids skills that could be used to earn money

My thought process here is to become as financially independent as possible on my average, middle class earnings. By being very careful with our money we can meet most/all of these goals. If war does come, I’m not going to count on the mortgage company telling me I can continue living in our house if I can’t make payments. Even if the dollar becomes devalued, I’d rather have $10,000 in savings than nothing at all.

If supply lines cause scarcity, we can:

  • Continue stocking up on food, medicine, and other hard goods
  • Get in the habit of cooking meals from scratch in order to utilize the least expensive “survival foods”, individual freeze-dried or dehydrated ingredients
  • Make sure my kids know how to cook from scratch
  • Keep track of these preps so there’s no shortage of anything critical

No one can stock up on multiples of every single item they might ever need, so I’ve been working on covering the basics and covering them very well. Every month we buy a little more food specifically for our food storage pantry. My wife looks for coupons and sales on non-food items, like OTC medications, household cleaners, paper plates, pretty much anything that would come in handy and has a good long shelf life.

If we aren’t able to leave our house, I can have these plans in place:

  • Have supplies on hand and plans in place to homeschool our kids.
  • Keep in mind that entertainment isn’t a luxury but a way to wile away time and take the focus off hardships.
  • Become as self-sustained as possible within the walls of our house and on our 1/3 acre suburban lot.
  • Keep track of the services we use throughout the month and plan to either not use them at all or have the supplies and good-enough skills to take care of them ourselves.

Here, I’m thinking about a nuclear event or pandemic that might turn a quick errand into a deadly trip with no return. Another possibility is active warfare in and around our town and everyday violence and civil unrest (see Venezuela). Are you ready for a quarantine if biological warfare is used? Stuck at home, we would have to rely on ourselves, our preps, and ingenuity. With or without kids, a schedule and routines will be important to maintain sanity, a bit of normalcy, and chores to keep the home in order.

If medical and dental services aren’t available, we can prep by:

  • Stocking up on the over-the-counter meds we use most often
  • Keeping up to date with dental and vision check-ups
  • Annual physicals are on our calendar and we follow up with anything the doctor recommends
  • Working toward eating clean, healthy foods and reaching/maintaining healthy weights.
  • Working out on a regular basis to build muscle strength and stamina
  • Taking as many classes as we can related to medical care and health, and encourage our kids to do the same. (This is possible through Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol, to name just two resources.)

This is an area that is so important but I fear it’s overlooked my many preppers, unless you’e talking about how to gouge out a bullet from a body! If you’re a couch potato, who wants to get up and work out? My wife pointed out to me just last week that I’ve gained a few pounds, and I have. With my job getting busier, I haven’t been exercising like I used to. All the preps in the world, though, won’t do you any good if you’re sickly, weak, unable to lift/carry/walk, etc. While preppers with various health issues definitely CAN survive, if you’re able-bodied but just lazy, there’s no excuse!

I’m not going to minimize the impact of a World War 3 on our homeland. When Selco talked about having to scavenge for edible weeds and not having a working toilet, it was very sobering. With the kind permission of Preppers University, you can listen to that talk at this link. Take a listen and in the comments, let me know how you would prep for World War 3.

 

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Prepper Book Festival: Alone Beth Ann’s Story of Survival + Giveaway

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Alone by C.M. Hollerman | Backdoor Survival

ALONE is the story of what happens to a young woman following a catastrophic EMP. The electric grid is down and all of our worst nightmares have come to fruition. Who will survive and how? And who will take advantage of the situation for personal gain? Read the interview with author C.M. Hollerman and enter the giveaway to win a copy for free. There will be three winners.

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Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers: From Head to Toe

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Every Day Carry (EDC) for PreppersWhen we think about everyday carry items we usually think about what we put in our pockets every day. The reason I titled this article “Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers From Head to Toe” is because there is much more that goes into EDC items than a flashlight and a pocket knife.

These prepping supplies and EDC supplies are important though. As they say, a carpenter is only as good as his tools. Anyone can go out and buy the best “tools of the trade” but if they don’t know how to use them, the house they build might not look like a house at all.

I will be going over some ideas and supplies for every day carry items in this article, but I wanted to start off by talking about knowledge and skills first. Most of the items we carry everyday are stored in our head, not in our pockets, purse, or wallet.

SPP200 Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers

While there are a few supplies listed below, not everything we everyday carry needs to fit in our pockets. These days there is no shortage of options, and no shortage of places to learn about personal safety and security.

Knowledge and Skill

Having these everyday carry supplies is only the first step. We also need to understand how we might use them, and why we might need them. Owning a gun requires safety education, maintenance and understanding when, why, and how you might use it.

While having a pocket knife doesn’t require the skill and training a gun does, we still need to know which one will suit our needs. Wearing a paracord bracelet is pretty pointless if you can’t tie a few different knots. Having a ferro rod if you can’t get a spark is also pointless.

Understanding when, why and how you might use an item will give you a better idea about the everyday carry items you might need. It will also give you a better idea how to handle a situation when those tools and supplies aren’t available.

Operational Security

The best way to handle any dangerous situation that might come is to stay out of it in the first place. Pay attention to what you do that might make you an easy target, and pay attention to what people around you are doing.

It is important to have these everyday carry supplies, but our goal should be to never need to use them. Sometimes the circumstances are unavoidable, and situations like these are why EDC items are so important.

Self Defense

There is no shortage of items you can carry to help you with self-defense. I’ll list a few below, but keep in mind, these tools shouldn’t be an alternative to knowing how to defend yourself, they are tools that might give you better odds.

This doesn’t mean you need to be Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris (wouldn’t that be awesome!) but we should learn as much as we can about basic self-defense. Criminals are cowards and opportunists, so like the saying goes…

“You don’t need to be faster than the bear. You just need to be faster than the person next to you”.

Demonstrating confidence and awareness might make that person wanting to do us harm think twice. If you can get them to think that you are not as easy a target as they thought, they might rethink their plans.

Personal Defense EDC Ideas

On Your Body (Typical EDC)

Typically when we think about everyday carry items we think about what we should put in our pockets everyday. Everyday carry items for preppers should include more than a flashlight, pocket knife and some paracord. Preppers are genius about finding ways to carry survival items, while still remaining the gray man.

Women seem to have the advantage here because a purse can hold more than a wallet. While I’m not opposed to a Fanny Pack or a Murse (Man Purse), I’m just not the type of guy that could pull it off. There are other options though, for both men and women, you just need to think outside the box.

Hats: With a little sewing skill and some ingenuity you could add a few secret compartments in your hat. There are also a couple of options online like this one from WazooSurvivalGear.

Jewelry: There is no shortage of everyday carry items we can wear, rather than put in our pockets. There are all sorts of paracord braclets, bushcraft necklaces, survival watches and more.

Clothes: I love cargo pants because there are so many pockets, but they are a little obvious. ScotteVest makes quite a few clothing options with hidden compartments.

Purse/Pack: If I were to get a “Man Purse” it would probably look something like this. Purses and Go bags give you the ability to carry more than just the basics. Something that looks like a laptop bag probably wouldn’t stick out too much these days.

Wallet: While space is limited in a wallet we should always have some extra cash on hand, and important information. Along with that there are a few other items like a credit card knife or freznel lens that would fit in a wallet.

Shoes: You might not be able to do it with “fancy shoes” but why not use paracord for work boots, hiking boots, or tennis shoes. I use Titan SurvivorCord in my shoes because it has fishing line, waxed jute and a copper wire inside.

Belt: A belt is not just to hold your pants up when your pockets are full. It could be a full on paracord belt like the Preppinstein Designs belt, or just a belt you can attach stuff to like a holster, multi tool or knife.

The EDC Basics

There are quite a few articles about the everyday carry basics, and people love to share what their EDC items include (me as well). Here is a short list of what I think that should include.

Extra Cash: There are many reasons why the grid would go down, and if this happens our money in the bank is useless. How much you carry is up to you, but I suggest at least $20 in small bills.

Pen (And Paper): You never know when you might need to leave information for someone else, or write something down for yourself. Using a pen and paper is easier than carving something into your dashboard.

Cell Phone: These days your cell phone is probably no further than arms reach away, so this might be an easy one. Even if there is no cell service, we might be able to text. We also have important information stored on our phones.

Important Info: Because we have everyone’s phone number in our cell phone, we probably don’t know their actual phone number. Have emergency contact info in your wallet, and also important medical information.

Flashlight: This is one of those “you’ll wish you had it” items. They offer more flexibility than using a lighter, and some can be used as a weapon.

Pocket Knife: Having a cutting tool is important for a number of reasons. You might only use it for opening packages these days, but you’ll be glad you have it in a survival situation.

Multi Tool: If you don’t already have a good multi tool, believe me, you will use it more than you think. You don’t need the best multi tool out there, but don’t go cheap. I have this Leatherman and I love it.

Fire Making: This goes without saying, but having a couple ways to start a fire are must have EDC items. Always carry a Bic lighter on you, and have at least one more option on top of that.

Self Defense: I talked about self defense above, so I won’t go into detail here. Most of the tools listed above can be used for self defense as well. The ability to conceal carry is best for self defense by far.

In Your Automobile

If you define everyday carry by what you can carry in your pockets, items in your car probably don’t make the list. In my opinion they should. We use our automobiles for everything we do, and they are always within walking distance of us.

Our cars also give you more storage space, and act as a staging point depending on which environment we are heading into. These days if you took all of your EDC supplies into a courthouse or airport, you might get the dreaded “domestic terrorist” label. Other situations might afford you the option of carrying more than just the basics.

All of this is why maintaining your automobile is so important. The easiest way of getting from point A to point B is on 4 wheels. If our vehicle breaks down, you will be left with the choice of what to take, and what to leave behind.

Here are a few items you can store in your car, but would be a an inconvenience to carry around with you everywhere you go.

Tools: I try to have all the tools I might need for small repairs in my truck. This includes a 40 piece socket set, screwdrivers, plyers, and some Duct Tape just to name a few.

Even if you don’t know how to use these tools, they are important to have. You might run into a problem that someone else might be able to fix… as long as you have the tools to do it.

Bug Out Bags: You can have the best bug out bag setup in the world, but if it sits at home it is useless. My bug out bag spends far more time on my backseat than on my back, but if I need it, I know it’s there.

Car (Road) Kits: First and foremost make sure you have a car jack, lug wrench, and a spare tire. I have purchased a few used cars in my day, and I’d say 90% of them don’t have a jack or a lug wrench in them.

Along with that, make sure you have an emergency car kit. This car kit here is a great ready to go kit. As preppers we are constantly adding/removing/tailoring our kits, so make sure and add/remove/tailor these kits to fit your needs.

Clothing: Most cars have plenty of storage space, so why not have some extra clothes and blankets in the trunk. Along with clothes you should have gloves, walking shoes, extra socks etc.

Shelter: In my truck I have 2 tarps, 2 survival blankets, duct tape and paracord to make shelter if the need arises. Overkill? possibly. But better safe than sorry I say.

Food & Water: It’s not only important to have a little food and water in your car, it’s also important to check and rotate it every once in a while. Extreme temperature changes can affect certain foods, and water can freeze and expand, causing a big mess when it thaws.

First Aid Supplies: Whether it’s a big emergency or something small, first aid supplies are always important. We use our cars to take us everywhere, and having some first aid supplies might become useful if we become injured, or to help someone else.

Preparedness Supplies at Work

The average person spends 8 hours a day at work, so it only makes sense to have some preparedness supplies there. Where and how you store these supplies depends on your job. Some people have desks, some have lockers, and some are very limited. If you have space available to stash some food, water and other preparedness supplies, why not use it.

To get a better understanding of what preparedness supplies you might need you need to have a good understanding of your surroundings. This means the people around you, the tools available to you, and even knowing the escape routes.

Supplies at Home

Items stored at home aren’t necessarily EDC items, but I want to cover them none the less. We have a tendency of letting our guard down when we get home because it is our “safe place”. This is all well and good, but we need to make sure it truly  is our “safe place”.

Have some defense items stashed around the house and strategically located. Having a baseball bat parked by the front door, a firearm on your hip or a fat can of mace on your nightstand might give you an edge if needed.

Hypothetical Scenario: Lets say someone was holding you hostage in your house (robbing you) and told you to stay seated at the table until they were done. If you had a can of mace taped under that table you might be able to use it when they weren’t expecting it and get away.

Conclusion…

You might be thinking that this goes WAY beyond everyday carry items, but the whole point of this article is to not limit ourselves to what we can put in our pockets. We can have all the supplies in the world, but if they are not readily available, they are useless.

If we take advantage of every opportunity we have, we are less likely to get caught with our pants down in a survival situation…especially if we have a belt.

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5 Steps to Developing a Better Urban Survival Process

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5 Steps to Developing a Better Urban Survival Process James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! We all know about grey man and the idea that we should merely bugout of any major metro area in the event of a disaster. These are good pieces of advice but I think it’s time we … Continue reading 5 Steps to Developing a Better Urban Survival Process

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